Swedish duo Martin Erlandsson and Michael Jonzon are two shots clear of the European Challenge Tour field on 16 under par, 200, after respective rounds of 71 and 65 in round three of the Rolex Trophy.
Erlandsson has led the tournament since day one – when he broke the course record at the Golf Club de Geneve with a wonderful ten under par 62 to surge into the lead.
He is now joined by Jonzon, who has chipped away at his fellow countryman’s lead with rounds of 66, 67 and his third 67 where he went to the turn in 37 before coming back in a brilliant six under par 30.
José Manuel Carriles of Spain, and another Swede, Peter Gustafsson are tied for third on 14 under, 202. Carriles fired a 66, while Gustafsson carded 68 round the par 72, 6875 yard course.
Frenchman Marc Pendaries and Austrian Martin Wiegele – who had the best score of the day with his nine under par 63 - are a further two shots back.
They join the 19 other players that made the third round cut of the Rolex Trophy – a tournament that is played in a Pro Am format on all four days of competition.
Wiegele was delighted to continue the form that saw him finish second at the dual ranking BMW Russian open last week, where, after narrowly losing out to Marcus Fraser in a play off, he picked up a cheque for €44,440 that moved him from 21st to second place on the Challenge Tour rankings.
He is hopeful that his total prize money for the 2003 season – currently standing at €70,374 – will guarantee him a place among the top 15 Challenge Tour players at the end of the year, but would love to guarantee a place on The European Tour International Schedule 2004 by picking up his maiden professional victory in Switzerland this weekend.
“I played very well for the whole round, and didn’t have many mistakes today. I had a good chance on the 17th to shoot 62, but my ball lipped out for birdie,” said Wiegele.
“I’m playing well at the moment – finishing second at the BMW Russian Open last week has given me a lot of confidence.
“I was a little disappointed after the play off last Sunday that I had not won, but I was a lot happier on Monday when I realised I could be playing on the European Tour next year, which is something of a dream for me.
“Hopefully I can win an event on the Challenge Tour before the end of the season – maybe even this one – and then continue my progress next year.”